Cubs Announce Minor League Managers, Coaching Staffs and Coordinators for 2012

The Cubs announced their 2012 Minor League managers, coaching staffs and coordinators on Wednesday.

Dave Bialas moved from minor league field coordinator to manager of the Iowa Cubs. The I-Cubs will also have a new hitting coach. Dave Keller, who was on Mike Quade’s staff last season will replace Von Joshua as Iowa’s hitting coach.

Jeff Fassero received a promotion to the Double-A Tennessee Smokies. Fassero was pitching coach in Peoria last year.

The Cubs also shifted Bill Dancy for the third season in a row. After be named Southern League manager of the year for the Double-A Smokies in 2010, Dancy was the I-Cubs manager last season. Dancy will be the Cubs minor league infield coordinator in 2012 replacing Dave Bialas.

The Cubs created a new position … short-season minor league hitting coordinator. Tom Beyers will handle the duties and focus on players in Boise, rookie ball in Mesa and both of the Dominican clubs.

The biggest name added to the Cubs’ minor league staffs is Bill Buckner. While the Cubs have not officially announced hiring the former Cubs outfielder and first baseman, according to multiple reports Buckner will be the hitting coach for the Boise Hawks.

Here is a complete list of the Cubs’ Minor League Coaches and Coordinators …

Iowa Cubs – Triple-A
Dave Bialas – Manager
Mike Mason – Pitching Coach
Dave Keller – Hitting Coach
Nick Frangella – Athletic Trainer

Tennessee Smokies – Double-A
Buddy Bailey – Manager
Jeff Fassero – Pitching Coach
Mariano Duncan – Hitting Coach
Aaron Larson – Athletic Trainer

Daytona Cubs – High Class-A
Brian Harper – Manager
Marty Mason – Pitching Coach
Desi Wilson – Hitting Coach
Peter Fagan – Athletic Trainer

Peoria Chiefs – Low Class-A
Casey Kopitzke – Manager
Tom Pratt – Pitching Coach
Barbaro Garbey – Hitting Coach
Shane Nelson – Athletic Trainer

Boise Hawks – Short-Season Class-A
Mark Johnson – Manager
David Rosario – Pitching Coach
Bill Buckner – Hitting Coach
Bob Grimes – Athletic Trainer

Mesa Cubs – Rookie Ball
Bobby Mitchell – Manager
Frank Castillo and Rick Tronerud – Pitching Coach
Jason Dubois – Hitting Coach
Steve Melendez – Athletic Trainer

Dominican (1) – Rookie Ball
Juan Cabreja – Manager
Anderson Tavares – Pitching Coach
Ricardo Medina and Leo Perez – Hitting Coach
Wilken Perez – Athletic Trainer

Dominican (2) – Rookie Ball
Yudith Ozorio – Manager
Leo Hernandez – Pitching Coach
Franklin Blanco – Hitting Coach
Robert Jimenez – Athletic Trainer

Minor League Coordinators
Brandon Hyde – Minor League Field Coordinator
Dennis Lewallyn – Minor League Pitching Coordinator
James Rowson – Minor League Hitting Coordinator
Tom Beyers – Short-Season Minor League Hitting Coordinator
Bill Dancy – Minor League Infield Coordinator
Carmelo Martinez – Latin American Field Coordinator
Marty Pevey – Minor League Catching Coordinator
Lee Tinsley – Minor League Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator
Doug Jarrow – Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Justin Sharpe – Minor League Athletic Training Coordinator
Chuck Baughman – Minor League Rehabilitation Coordinator

Minor League Managers and Coaches – Official Release from
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